Average Bench: 63.4% (177th of 1015)

more Based on 10,242 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64EFGY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-60P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 36.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.85MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.1MB/s

Below average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 51.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 58.7MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 107MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 10,242 samples)
Min Avg Max
62 Read 113 153
63.5 Write 111 148
24.8 Mixed 58.7 78.8
42.4 SusWrite 107 150
71.4% 97.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.3 4K Read 0.7 0.9
0.5 4K Write 2.1 2.7
0.4 4K Mixed 0.85 1
163% 1.22 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
178GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 138 144 145 141 143 144 MB/s
Read 142
Write 136
Mixed 60.5
SusWrite 142
88% 120 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 1.2
4K Mixed 0.8
149% 0.97 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 123 121 126 125 125 125 MB/s
Read 126
Write 114
Mixed 77
SusWrite 124
81% 110 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 1.7
4K Mixed 0.9
156% 1.07 MB/s
616GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 101 104 100 104 107 107 MB/s
Read 118
Write 97.7
Mixed 66
SusWrite 104
71% 96.4 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.4
4K Mixed 0.9
174% 1.33 MB/s
103GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 98 101 100 101 102 102 MB/s
Read 71.5
Write 74.8
Mixed 57.3
SusWrite 101
56% 76.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 1.8
4K Mixed 0.8
151% 1.1 MB/s
38GB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 74 75 74 73 74 74 MB/s
Read 80
Write 72.9
Mixed 53.6
SusWrite 73.9
52% 70.1 MB/s
4K Read 0.6
4K Write 2
4K Mixed 0.6
129% 1.07 MB/s
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 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
AmazonUS $603 mins
EbayUS $7020 mins
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 41,130 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 75%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 84%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 67%
Battle cruiser

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 60% - Good Total price: $1,076

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